Thursday, September 10, 2009
When you were growing up what were your dreams? What were they a year ago? What are they now? How large are your dreams? How realistic are they?
Dreams should be big enough to challenge us but they should also be achievable. We may want to discover a cure for cancer. A noble thought, but if we do not work in a lab, accomplishing that goal may be beyond our reach.
Losing 100 or 150 pounds may seem intimidating but we have numerous examples of people who have done just that. Perhaps that is your dream. Know that it CAN be accomplished.
Perhaps you want to help someone learn to read. Also achievable. Or maybe you want to help care for animals or elderly neighbors who have no family and need their grass cut, or someone to get them groceries. Maybe you want to keep your neighborhood clean and organize cleanup crews throughout the year. Or perhaps you want to ensure hungry people are fed and volunteer at your area's homeless shelter. All of these are also achievable.
Whatever your situation in life, have dreams. Make them large and reachable. Have dreams that change your community and your life and work steadily toward your making your dreams come true.
You, your neighborhood, your town, perhaps your country, will benefit from your concern and involvement. Possibly as important, you will gain a healthy dose of self-confidence and that inner feeling of satisfaction of reaching a goal that may have seemed unattainable at one time. And you will also savor the feeling of doing good deeds that come from offering a helping hand to others.
But, a step at a time, or even a pound at a time, will inspire people to also reach for the stars and to follow their dreams.
Together we CAN and WILL make a difference.
Never stop dreaming. And, never stop aiming for the stars.